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Steven Jones

Of Counsel

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Steve has over 25 years of experience advising both companies and government agencies on a broad range of permitting and permit defense, environmental, and natural resources matters.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches Environmental Practice.

Permitting: Steve assists both public and private project proponents on compliance with NEPA and its state law equivalents in obtaining and defending project permits. He has extensive experience in structuring the environmental review and public comment process to facilitate both federal and state permits for large infrastructure projects, including airports, public power projects, and large utility transmission lines and has successfully defended those permits in both state and federal court, as well as in administrative litigation at all levels, including state supreme courts.

Guidance in Environmental Matters: Steve assists public and private companies, including energy producers, municipalities, and mining companies with environmental compliance and permitting, the investigation and remediation of contaminated property, cost recovery, and insurance coverage for environmental issues.

Environmental Compliance Advisor: Steve has particular skill in dealing with the investigation, defense, and responding to enforcement orders issued by regulatory agencies, including the EPA, Utah DEQ, and the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He also has expertise in both negotiating permitting issues and in defense of citizens suits brought under both the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Steve was a partner at Marten Law in Seattle, Washington.

Experience

Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law

Clients in the private and public sectors engage Steve for a variety of environmental needs:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Natural resource concerns
  • Investigation and remediation of contaminated property
  • Defense and response to enforcement orders
  • Defense of citizen suit litigation
Environmental Compliance Law

Steve has represented clients in regulatory negotiations, as well as in trial and appellate cases before a wide range of administrative tribunals and in all levels of the state and federal courts:

  • Environmental assessments
  • Ongoing compliance advice
  • Enforcement action defense
  • Citizen suit defense

Client Results

Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
  • Defense of major oil and gas producer before both state and federal regulatory agencies following pipeline failure, including penalty, restoration, and mitigation claims.

  • Defense of CAA citizen suit brought against geothermal plant operator.

  • Defense of NOVs alleging permit violations under federal, California and Hawaii Clean Air Act.

  • Defense of alleged NPDES permit violations for TDS associated with mining operations, including negotiation of consent order resolving violations.

  • Defense of claims for UIC violations in connection with manufacturing processes.
  • Review and analysis of permitting strategy associated with proposed coal export terminals in Pacific Northwest.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, 2010-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Environmental – Salt Lake City, 2017
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Environmental, 2018
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine, Super Lawyer, Environmental Litigation, 2004-2013

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Environmental and Land Use Section, Past Chair of Executive Board
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law, Member
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